37 species of birds that occur regularly in the UK face extinction
Across Europe one in five species face being wiped out according to study
EU and BirdLife International has published its 'red list' of birds at risk
They include the puffin, kingfisher, herring gull, lapwing, red grouse and curlew
PUBLISHED: 23:12, 3 June 2015 | UPDATED: 00:17, 4 June 2015
British birds such as the puffin and kingfisher are at risk of extinction, a new study warns.
The colourful kingfisher was once a common sight on our riverbanks but is now among the 37 species in danger of dying out.
Others include the herring gull, lapwing, curlew and red grouse.
And across Europe, nearly one in five bird species face being wiped out, according to a recent assessment.
Climate change, habitat loss and changing land management have all been blamed for the decline in many species.
The puffin, pictured off the coast of Northumberland, is now among 37 species of birds in danger of dying out, a study has warned
The colourful kingfisher, pictured above catching a fish , was once a common sight on our river banks
The figures come from a newly published European Red List of Birds, which was put together following an assessment carried out by a consortium, led by BirdLife International.
The assessment, funded by the European Commission, has revealed that per cent of 451 European bird species are now considered to be at risk of extinction across Europe.